5 Best Cloud Storage Services - (Speed and platform Compared)


Mangesh Supe

by Mangesh Supe · Updated August 11 2021

5 Best Cloud Storage Services - (Speed and platform Compared)

Businesses and consumers are increasingly relying on cloud-based storage solutions and are not inclined to build their own servers. Your files stored on Cloud, essentially a simplified view of other service providers' infrastructure (data centers, servers, hard drives, networks, etc.).

More than a decade ago, since Amazon popularized online storage through S3 (an object storage service), Google statistics show that the number of searches interested in cloud storage alone has increased more than 40 times. Given the large number of online cloud storage providers on the market.

We must choose wisely and offer cost-effective and attractive storage and bandwidth while still keeping your data safe.

The list below represents our preferred network cloud drive services, with most vendors offering free packages to allow you to check their suitability before handing over your hard-earned money.

pCloud

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Despite some traffic limitations, you can upload as many files of any size as you like, so it's easy to sync large media libraries using pCloud. 

The cloud service is available for all computer and mobile platforms, and a web version is also available.

The company itself is registered in Switzerland, enforces very strict privacy laws, and is therefore favored by a large number of multinational giant practitioners such as Coca-ColaNikeAdidasTwitterInstagram, and many others.

You can pay €4.99/month for safekeeping and have pCloud Crypto lock (and unlock) individual files with passwords. 

This is one of the very few cloud services that offer a lifetime subscription, be paid for with PayPal, and has a 30-day trash retention period and unlimited upload traffic.

 However, as expected, download traffic is limited: 500GB for the Advanced plan and 2TB for the Premium plan.

OneDrive

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OneDrive has been integrated into Windows 10's File Explorer and can be used directly without downloading additional applications, which is very convenient for upgrading Microsoft's latest operating system.

Using OneDrive, the Photos app for Windows can sync photos across all compatible devices. Recently, Autodesk AutoCAD has been integrated with OneDrive, which is excellent news for any good designer using this software. 

Additionally, you get a feature called Personal Vault that helps provide additional security.

There is an app for mobile devices iOSAndroid, and there is a version for macOS in the App Store. And with Insync, you can even enjoy traversal with OneDrive on Linux, so almost all users can benefit from it.

iDrive

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iDrive supports intermittent transfers, even for files on network drives. The web version supports file sharing via email, Facebook, and Twitter, and files deleted via computer will not be automatically deleted from the server, so there is less risk of accidentally losing important content. For each file, iDrive keeps up to 30 different versions of its history.

Notably, IT administrators can access the iDrive Thin Client application to perform backups/restores, manage settings, and more for all connected computers from a centralized dashboard.

You'll get simple facial recognition for photos, which helps sort and organize photos and sync them in real-time across all connected devices. iDrive also offers iDrive Express, which sends you a physical disk if you lose all your data, so you can quickly restore all your backup files.

The commercial version offers priority support, single sign-on, unlimited user and server backups, and iDrive Cloud, an enterprise-grade cloud object storage.

Google Drive

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For Android devices that already have integrated functionality, Google Drive's choiceis a logical one. Still, beyond that, users of other platforms will appreciate the free storage space that Google offers. With the companion app, Google Albums for iOSAndroid.

 You can store HD photos on your phone and use the office suite G Suite. upgrade to the paid Google Cloud Drive plan now called Google One (although it may not be available yet, depending on the region).

Google Cloud Drive is an excellent online website that is worth trying for anyone who can afford it but remembers: the web version is not very easy to use.

Dropbox

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If you're not familiar with online file storage, Dropbox would be a great place to start. File management is easy to use, and all applications (including the web client) are built around a minimalist theme that provides a smooth operating experience on all major operating systems and devices.

One of the most convenient features is the camera upload, especially since there is no limit on mobile devices' file size. Allow it from the Photos menu on your smartphone or tablet, and the next time your device connects to a WiFi network, any photos are taken will automatically be uploaded to the Dropbox network drive.

Zoolz Cloud

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There are many similarities about Zoolz Cloud for both personal use and enterprise deployments. 

This web-based cloud drive features an easy-to-use interface and excellent web management options, and the ability to combine cloud operations with local external storage.

Leveraging Amazon's Glacier infrastructure, the UK-based company offers an irresistible price/performance ratio far less expensive than its competitors. 

For more than 20 years, Zoolz has stored 20 petabytes of data for 3 million users, making it slightly less competitive than other well-known brands.

Degoo Cloud

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Swedish company Degoo is not a household name, but surprisingly, they have managed to carve out a niche in the highly competitive cloud storage space.

Since its inception in early 2019, this company has managed to attract more than 15 million users worldwide by offering just two services with about 20,000 people joining every day. 

It is one of the few cloud storage companies in the world that stores encrypted files and distributes them across four continents, and they also support dual authentication through Google Sign-In.

iCloud

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If you want to back up your iPhone to iCloud, the free 5GB quota offered by Apple will be far from enough, but iCloud seems to be more reasonably priced compared to its competitors.

The Finder app has been integrated with iCloud to allow you to store any file you need at any time. 

Documents created in the iWork office suite are also saved to iCloud and synced across your devices. 

Windows users can access files from the network drive using the official client or access iWork through the iCloud website application.

Box Drive

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Box has been around for a long time, so it is supported by many major applications such as Google Docs and Office 365, and it is also integrated with G Suite, which means that Docs, Sheets, and Slides are automatically saved and managed in Box.

Like OneDrive, Box Drive is integrated with Autodesk AutoCAD, and the Box Sync client is available from the download page on the official website, plus a mobile client for iOSAndroid.

nextcloud

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Nextcloud is not an online cloud storage provider, but they offer free software to allow you to download and install cloud storage services on your servers. 

It's much faster to deploy a network drive on your home network using a local server, and you can also enable encryption and ensure that information is never leaked.

If you lack server or IT experience, you can even purchase the already configured NextCloud Box with 1TB of storage and be used with the cheaper Raspberry Pi to keep your data in sync. Unfortunately, the NextCloud Box is already sold out, but you can check out alternatives on the official website.

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